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Thinking Like a Professional Trader

Aug 15, 2008
Professional traders are confident in their approach and trading plan, and they make no compromise. It takes this kind of dedication and trading discipline to produce consistent profits in some of the most volatile markets of the world. Professional traders are backed with profitable trading strategies and a complete trading plan which gives them guidance and the ability to produce profits in any market.

The mentality of a professional trader

A glance into the mind of a professional trader demonstrates many truths. Professional traders have a confident aura about them because they know they are able to beat the market, both in returns and on a trade by trade basis. However, professional traders must not get egotistical in their own earnings, as the mentality of winning all the time will weigh negatively on their own trading decisions. Those that get caught up in themselves and their success are even more likely to give it all back when the market turns against them.

A professional trader doesn't get caught up in trading plan secrets or complex trading algorithms, but instead focuses on the basics: eliminate the role of emotions, stay positive, and always follow your trading plan. A trading plan is one of the few things that remain consistent in trading. The price changes, and the goal may change, but your own plan should never yield to the market.

Secrets of Profitable traders

Profitable traders have a different way to calculate the rationale behind trades. While some enjoy day trading, swing trading, or long-term investing, profitable traders calculate positions based on risk to reward rather than the eventual return. It is common for amateur investors to look at the payoffs rather than the risks and possible losses that may come out of it. A professional trader isn't profitable because they know when to trade, but rather that they have a trading plan that beats the odds over the long term to produce consistent profits.

How to think like a professional

A mindset in any example is set by the shaping of experience over time. Experience is something that has shaped everyone into who they are today and is no different in the realm of trading the markets. Trading seminars and programs allow traders to meet other traders and learn about new strategies and profitable techniques. This interaction is also a great way to learn from the mindset of others while making money with your own strategy. The best way to do something is to become one, switching to a full-time career in trading is a great way to learn, earn, and shape your mind.
About the Author
Leroy Rushing is an active, professional day trader; trading coach; and author. He is the Founder and CEO of Trading EveryDay, a provider of educational trading products and services that are available worldwide. Trading EveryDay has complimentary/FREE products, a Tools of the Trade eBook and a Trading Room Report , that are downloadable for your convenience.
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